‘Feed me’ gesture stokes fire of growing rivalry
The growing rivalry between Bedford’s Kaden Cassidy and Everett’s Garret Cornell really didn’t need much added to it to it. The anticipation of their Thomas Chevrolet Tournament bout was pretty high.
Both are state placers — Cornell finished third last season while Cassidy was third two years ago as a freshman at Bishop McCort. Cornell was ranked third by PA Power Wrestling, while Cassidy was seventh.
They could meet in the District 5 finals, Southwest Regional finals and maybe even in Hershey.
But when Cassidy did the “feed me” motion that is popular now with NFL and college football players when he beat Cornell, 2-1, in the 132-pound finals of the Thomas Tournament on Saturday night, it went over like a lead balloon, drawing boos from the crowd at Bedford.
The gesture also stoked the fires of the rivalry even more.
Afterward, after coming down off of the medals stand, Cassidy apologized to Everett coach Rob Ripple.
He didn’t apologize to Cornell.
“I can’t really say what the truth is, but I really shouldn’t have done that,” Cassidy said. “My emotions got ahead of me.
“It’s just something between me and the wrestler. Nothing else.”
Asked about Cassidy’s “between me and the wrestler” comments afterward, Cornell, who beat Cassidy, 4-2, in the Panther Holiday Classic finals, was perplexed.
“I really don’t know what that’s about,” Cornell said. “I didn’t do anything after I won mine, but it just shows different personalities between wrestlers.”
For Cornell, it was his first loss of the season.
“I’d sooner have a loss now than the run for states,” Cornell said, “because it shows where I need to work now.”
Everett is scheduled to wrestle at Bedford on Feb. 5. It could be a taste of things to come at districts, regionals and states.
I’m kind of looking forward to seeing what happens in the future.
Vikings host match tonight
Fourth-seeded Glendale hosts a District 6 Class 2A first round doubleheader tonight, and top-seeded Huntingdon hosts another Wednesday.
Tonight, Glendale will take on the 6 p.m. winner of fifth-seeded West Branch and 12th-seeded Marion Center at around 7:30. Also, seventh-seeded Philipsburg-Osceola wrestles 10th-seeded Southern Huntingdon at 6 p.m. at second-seeded Westmont Hilltop. The winner faces the Hilltoppers, the defending champions.
Eighth-seeded Bald Eagle Area and ninth-seeded Richland wrestle at 6 p.m. Wednesday for a chance to wrestle the Bearcats at 7:30. Sixth-seeded Forest Hills wrestles 11th-seeded Mount Union at third-seeded Penns Valley on Wednesday.
Fourth-seeded Altoona wrestles top-seeded Bellefonte at 10 a.m. in the Class 3A semifinals at Tyrone High School. The winner faces either third-seeded Central Mountain or second-seeded Mifflin County immediately following.
The Class 2A semifinals will start around 1 p.m., or 15 minutes after the last Class 3A match. The Class 2A championship will follow the semifinal at around 3 p.m.
The District 5 pairings hadn’t been released as of Monday, but Chestnut Ridge will host the semifinals and finals. The semifinals are usually at 11 a.m.
Rutter breaks leg
Glendale won the Fred Bell Tournament over the weekend, but the Vikings suffered a big loss at the same time.
Coach Billy Dubler tweeted that Viking 138-pounder Tristan Rutter broke his leg wrestling Hopewell’s Jacob Ealy in the semifinals. Rutter, who is 21-6, will miss the rest of his junior season.
Rutter thankfully has another season.
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